Courses Catalogue

Renewable Energy Systems

COURSE CODE: PHY3109
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course introduces different types of energy Sources and the techniques for their conversion and storage. These include hydropower, energy from biomass & biogas, photovoltaic energy conversion, energy from oceans, wind energy, geo-thermal; coal, oil and nuclear energy; passive use of solar energy for space heating and solar collectors. It finalizes with the Interconnection of Alternative Energy Sources with the National Grid.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

To present the fundamental principles of renewable energy

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Outline the principles involved in the generation of power from renewable and non-renewable energy systems.
  • Design suitable power controller for wind and solar applications
  • Assess the cost of generation for conventional and renewable energy plants
  • Analyze the issues involved in the integration of renewable energy sources to the grid.
  • Predict the consequences of their energy choices.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

  • Describe sources and uses of energy.
  • Define and classify renewable and non-renewable energy.
  • Provide examples of common types of renewable and non-renewable resources.
  • Give different ways of saving energy at personal, community and global level.
  • Describe some general characteristics of solar power, hydropower and wind power and other sources of energy.
  • Give the benefits and disadvantages of using renewable resources.
  • Describe the role of engineers in energy conservation.
  • Describe the impacts of energy use on society
  • Identify and describe photovoltaic systems and its components